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A Review on the Book: China's good War (on WW II)

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发表于 10-17-2020 13:08:29 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Howard W French, Present at the Creation; China's goal of regional leadership and global pre-eminence has required a retooling of its past, including its role in World War II. Wall Street Journal, Oct 14, 2020.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/chi ... reation-11602628489
(book review on Rana Mitter, China's good War; How World War II is shaping a new nationalism. Belknap Press (an imprint of Harvard University Press), 2020)

Note:
(a) Howard W French
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_W._French
(1937- ; was a university instructor in the Ivory Coast in the 1980s before becoming a reporter; New York Times bureau chief for the Caribbean and Central America 1990-1994 & Tokyo bureau chief 1998-2003; professor since 2008 at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
is white.
(b) An imprint in a publishing house is like a brand in a business, which owns several brands, some focus on high end, and others on * * * etc. So an imprint may do mystery etc.
(c) "Didn't I know that Japan had sought to colonize China and Korea in living memory and had committed countless atrocities in the process?"

Atrocities?  I am surprised. No one in Taiwan -- 外省人 or 本省人 -- has said that.
(d) "How this has meant repurposing World War II as China's 'good war,' a conflict in which the enormous sacrifices made resisting the Japanese"

The Good War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_War
is a 1984 book about WW II.
(e)
(i) Present at the Creation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Present_at_the_Creation
has a subtitle: "My years in the State Department," which was established in 1789, however.
(ii)
(A) Bill Emmott, Present at the creation. Economist, June 29, 2002 (Special Report)
https://www.economist.com/specia ... ent-at-the-creation
(paragraph 1: "WHEN Dean Acheson 0-1893 – 1971; secretary of state 1949 – 1953 (preceded by George Mrshall and succeeded by John Foster Dulles, the latter under President Eisenhower)], Harry Truman's post-war secretary of state, wrote his autobiography, he chose a grandiloquent title to describe his dozen years in government. He had been 'Present at the Creation,' he said, by which he meant the building by America of a new world, out of the wartime rubble of the old—or, at any rate, of half a new world, the free half, while an ally turned enemy, the Soviet Union, built the other half. He was in turn quoting a 13th-century Spanish king, Alfonso X, who apparently said with equal immodesty: “Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe")
B) Alfonso X of Castile
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfonso_X_of_Castile
(king of Castile and León 1252 – 1284)

Spain once had many kingdoms.
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